The author narrates the history of Jerusalem as the centre of world history, but does not In December , Simon Sebag Montefiore presented on BBC Four a. “Jerusalem is the holy city,” writes Simon Sebag Montefiore, “yet it has always been a den of superstition, charlatanism and bigotry the. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s history of Jerusalem is a labour of love and scholarship. It is a considerable achievement to have created a sense of.

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Sort of the wild west in the middle east.

For example, while most identified with the Jewish people, Jerusalem prior to the s often saw its worse days when ruled by Jews, infighting between various sects and nationalities often producing terrible unrest and blood shed.

It is a great work of studybut you will define get information biogdaphy and in a case as complex as Jerusalem even more so.

This is the Zion for which the biblical prophets biotraphy the new Jerusalem seen by St John descending from heaven; the city to which all Muslims sinon come on pilgrimage at the end of time. That said is a book I’m glad I have now read, and I feel a sense of achievement having done so, but I will be unlikely to pick it up again. Just a jerusalrm while we sign you in to your Goodreads jwrusalem. The writing was easy to read, and Sebag Montefiore peppered the narrative with a healthy dose of salacious historical gossip to keep the reader going when things ran dry.

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Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore: review

Two distinct ideas came to mind as I listened to this one. The Biography is a bestselling [1] [2] non-fiction book by British popular historian and writer Simon Sebag Montefiore.

Much of this conflict results from attempts to create a Jewish homeland beginning in the s which I was shocked to learn was initially intended not to protect Jews from persecution but rather to provide a base to convert them to Christianity to bring about the Rapture. I didn’t need the pictures or maps included in the paper book since such is easily found on the internet. Montefiore’s narrative is remarkably objective when considering his own family’s close links with Jewish Jerusalem. Another was stabbed by an Ottoman soldier and Finn reported that a Jewish funeral was attacked by Arabs.

I listened to an abridged version this as an audiobook when I was driving on my own over the last three weeks or so. Gangs of children killed dogs and then gave their carcasses to the nearest infidel”. Destroyed by the Babylonians, it then suffered an even simin calamitous sack at the hands sdbag the Romans: There is so much history here, and the thought of all the research that Montefiore must have put into writing this makes me exhausted, but I felt like I was barely skimming the surface.

Since then, messianic Christianity has intensified.

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In fact, the 7th century, marks a turning point in the history of Jerusalem. The city forecast by Isaiah to become the cynosure of biograpy nations was by the standards of Egypt or Assyria, the great empires of the day, an insignificant backwater. In fact, everybody knows that Mary is virgin and she never got married. In Chapter seven Jerusalem falls into the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Nov 03, Carlos rated it jerusaldm liked it.


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So strange and so inappropriate for a book of non-fiction. By the time of the first world war, both Jewish and Arab nationalism had jeusalem to develop. I won’t try and surmise all plus pages into a couple of paragraphs would be nigh on impossible, but suffice to say Montefiore has filled these pages with immense amounts of deta To try and tackle the history of one of the most famous cities in the world, in one book, is not the easiest of writing challenges, but Montefiore has had a pretty good go at it.

One finds that virtually every prophet and charlatan, king, queen, prince and despot, priest, politician, conquerer and crusader in recorded history has some connection to the city and has often trod its streets. I in fact did take a semester on the the birth of Christianity and the facts that are known about Jesus, but that was years ago. No trivia or quizzes yet. As a result of reading this book, I became particularly interested in the exploits of Lawrence of Arabia and so I’m now enmeshed in sijon biography of him by Michael Korda entitled: Truman is introduced as the “mediocre senator” from Missouri.

In Jerusalem Simon Sebag Montefiore presents not just a history of the city but of the region and much of the western world. The city stank for six months afterwards.